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Lakes of Utah - Why The Desert Blooms Like A Rose

Updated on October 5, 2014

If you think that Utah is like its license plate and state postage stamp, it would all look like this....

like this photo from a recent trip to Arches National Park.
like this photo from a recent trip to Arches National Park. | Source

Utah has two ski seasons. One is for skiing on the greatest snow on earth. The other is for water skiing on some of America's most beautiful lakes.

With a state license plate and a USPS postage stamp both advertising the desert area around Arches National Park in Utah, Utah comes across as simply dry desert. Actually it is much more than that.

Understanding why Utahns love Utah suggests we take a look at the beautiful lakes, both man-made and natural that dot the state and provide for irrigation and recreation as well as a reliable water supply for its industries, agriculture. and for Utah's millions of residents, colleges, universities, and thousands of annual visitors.


16 Lakes* and 56 Reservoirs....Not Many, But Plenty!

The State of Utah is ideally suited to the creation of reservoirs due to its mountainous terrain, and Utahns have been busy creating them ever since pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in 1847.

As an arid state, the pioneers realized that "waste not, want not" applied to available water sources they needed badly for irrigation and their survival. Streams were diverted, dams created, and an eye to the future meant an eye to available sources of water.

Not surprisingly major reservoirs now out number major lakes 56 to 16, and one of the largest reservoirs is known as Lake Powell a major reservoir and recreation mecca. All the lakes are resources, not just for water, but for fishing, and other recreation.

While the Great Salt Lake is the largest lake contained solely within any one state in the United States (followed closely by Maine's Moosehead Lake) some of Utah's fresh water lakes are of good size, and many of the reservoirs are of impressive size and volume.

Here are the 15 listed fresh water Utah lakes (some being a group of lakes named as a group):


Bear Lake

Blue Lake

Boulder Mountain Lakes

Electric Lake (a dam at Electric Lake qualifies it as a reservoir)

Fish Lake

High Uinta Lakes

Lower Elevation Uinta Lakes

Maple Lake

Payson Lakes (at least one in this group has a dam)

Pelican Lake

Red Lake

Silver Lake

Utah Lake .


The best feature of this listing is your ability to have photos and information about each lake by simply clicking on the lake's name above.

Happy touring! And, it's 16 with the Great Salt Lake added to the list. * There are actually hundreds and hundreds of small lakes in Utah, some of which had they been located in other states, might have been small enough to be called "ponds." Many, especially those in mountainous locations can be quite deep.

To have information on the 56 commonly listed Utah reservoirs, you can follow this link to a Utah website on fishing in Utah: http://www.utahfishinginfo.com/utahlakes/



Much of Utah's water comes from its mountain snow packs....

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And Utah's famous powder snow served for a very memorable Winter Olympics.
And Utah's famous powder snow served for a very memorable Winter Olympics. | Source

Utah's Great Salt Lake is world famous for its salt water and massive area.

Once a part of giant, ancient Lake Bonneviile, the passage of time left salty Great Salt Lake in the north, and fresh water Utah Lake to its south, each with its own commercial fishing; the Great Salt Lake for harvests of its minerals, including of course salt, and its brine shrimp used primarily in pet foods. The smaller Utah Lake has commercial harvests of carp and other game fish. The carp are a U. S. export to China, where they are a delicacy primarily marketed in Hong Kong.




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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      aviannovice - Coming from a "lake afficianado" the "well done" is especially welcomed, as are your regular comments, Hubs, and wonderful photos. Thanks again. Our first heavy frost arrives here on Sunday night, and outdoor labors will then shift from the garden areas to pruning soon and the last mowings of 2014. Hurray! (But the daily writing will continue. ; - )

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Nothing like a lake to spice up your life. Well done!

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      teaches12345 - "There is beauty all around...." is the first part of the lyric line from a hymn. The rest of the line is: "....when there's love at home."

      While Utah is the second driest state in the USA, it has its own beauty from its mountains, valleys, rivers, lakes, and streams, and even from its salt flats and sand dunes. "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder." So, come and behold. You are invited.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Visiting this area is on my wish list but it may not be a reality for awhile. In the meantime, I enjoyed your share and appreciate the beauty of the desert.

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      AliciaC - Will do, and I'll also add the Great Salt Lake to the list!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love the photos! The facts are interesting, too. I didn't realize that Utah had so many bodies of water. I would definitely like to read more hubs about the state!

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      MsDora - Check out the beauty of the different lakes, and the variety of fish in them. Not everyone likes to fish, but everyone enjoys watching them jump out of the water for the occasional insect passing by. It's amazing they can see them and time their jumps! I find I'm kind of jumpy when I'm hungry~

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Ericdierker - The new state moniker is "Utah, The Ski State."

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      Dora Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for clearing up the license plate propaganda and adding all that interesting information. Thanks.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      A year round complete playground, great article about a really fun state.

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

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